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Counseling and Support


Our experienced counselors help clients and families cope with the special problems that accompany loss of sight. Clients interested in learning more about our adjustment to vision loss counseling should contact Sharon Hudson at 650-858-0202 ext.111 or email


Support Groups

Vista Center offers several monthly support groups facilitated by our professional counseling staff.  Clients discuss strategies for managing sight loss, exchange information about resources, and discuss the feelings that often accompany loss of sight.  Clients in support groups build a community, become more positive about their loss of vision, and are more likely to resume activities and accept other rehabilitation services.  If you are interested in learning about or attending a support group please call the facilitator listed prior to attending the group.  Current support groups include:                                       

San Mateo County Senior Support Group

Meeting date and time: First Monday of each month, 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Meeting place:Sterling Court, San Mateo

For information contact: Sharon Hudson at 650-858-0202 ext.111 or email

Santa Clara County Senior Support Group

There are several senior support groups in different areas of Santa Clara County. For information on the following groups contact Sharon Hudson at 650-858-0202 ext.111 or email


Palo Alto Senior Support Group

Meeting day and time:  Second Monday of each month, 1:30 to 3:00 PM

Meeting place:  Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Palo Alto


Cypress Senior Center Low Vision Group

Meeting day and time:  Third Wednesday of each month, 10:00 to 11:30 AM

Meeting place:  Cypress Senior Center, 403 So. Cypress Ave., San Jose.

Grupo de Apoyo en Español Spanish speaking support group members around table

(Spanish Speaking Support Group)

El grupo de apoyo de habla española de Vista Center proporciona a los clientes que son nativos en español un lugar más cómodo para compartir sus experiencias en lo que dice respecto a la pérdida de visión. (Fotos del grupo de apoyo)

Para más información contactar John Faustino, extensión 128 o por correo electrónico:

Vista Center’s Spanish speaking support group  provides clients who are native Spanish speakers a more comfortable place to  share their experiences in  dealing with vision loss. (More support group photos).


For more information contact John Faustino, ext 128 or email:

Working Age Support Group

This group serves participants 65 years of age or younger.

Meeting place: Vista Center, Palo Alto
For information contact: Sharon Hudson at 650-858-0202 ext.111 or email



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